Photography: 10 Top Tips - Be More Creative with Your Camera
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Learn about different types of light and to use your camera on manual mode to control how your photographs are exposed.
4.4 (372 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
7,295 students enrolled
Last updated 2/2017
English
Price: Free
Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 6 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Have a good understanding of the basic function of their camera
  • Know how to set the camera manually to get a correct exposure
  • Understand how their camera ‘sees’ compared to how our eyes see (and why this is important)
  • Understand different lighting conditions and how these impact photography
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Requirements
  • A Camera
  • A basic understanding of your camera will help
Description

**Make sure to check out the bonus lesson right at the end of this course for some important information that will help you grow your photography skills even more!**

Welcome to Ten Top Tips - Be More Creative With Your Camera! This is a short course to give you my Ten Top Tips and explain why they will make you a better photographer. With over 25 years experience as a professional photographer I have designed these Top Tips to give you an encouraging start. Learning to use your camera in Manual Mode and freeing yourself from letting your camera making choices for you will allow you to be more creative with your camera. I've kept my language simple and avoided using jargon as much as possible so that if English is not your first language it will be easy enough to understand (and I have had some good feedback from people telling me I am easy to understand.) All the photos and video used to demonstrate my teaching are taken by myself or my wife (I'm not someone who teaches photography by using other peoples photos, except for some special illustrations.)

You will gain a fundamental understanding of your camera and how you can be more creative with your photography. I frequently run photography workshops with people who own modern, high tech, expensive camera equipment and shoot all their photos on auto. In this course I will teach you how to break free from just using your camera's auto modes and how you can be more creative shooting in Manual Mode. Any camera that has a Manual Mode (and that's most cameras) is suitable to sue with this course.

You will learn about the exposure triangle - ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed, and how to use the camera's exposure meter to create well exposed photographs in any situation. I will teach you how to start appreciating different lighting conditions and how to take better photos no matter what the light is like. You will also learn how our eyes see differently than our camera and why this is an important concept for photographers to grasp.

People who enjoy photography are usually visual learners so I have designed this course to be as visually stimulating as possible. Ten Top Tips is mostly presented with video, including lots of photographic examples, diagrams and animations to help illustrate the teaching. 

There is no time limit to the course and I would encourage you to take time to complete each lecture and exercise as you feel comfortable to. Even repeat a lecture and exercise if you are not sure that you are understanding the teaching.

It does take time to learn to operate a camera manually, but I encourage you to persevere as it is rewarding. As you study, do the exercises and practice the teaching in this course you will be more creative with your camera.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for people who have a camera they always shoot with on an auto or semi-auto mode who want to learn about shooting in Manual Mode
  • This course is for anyone interested in learning how to better use their camera - whether it’s a DSLR, mirrorless, point and shoot or mobile phone
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Curriculum For This Course
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Ten Top Tips Course Introduction
2 Lectures 03:07

This is a short course to give you 10 Top Tips and explain why they will make you a better photographer. You will gain a fundamental understanding of your camera and how you can be more creative with your photography.

Welcome to 10 Top Tips - Be More Creative with Your Camera
03:07

What equipment is needed and about the supplemental resources what are provided with this course and how you can make best use of them.
About Equipment and Exercises
1 page
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Having a Deeper Relationship With Your Camera
11 Lectures 24:55
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00:14

An outline of how knowing your camera more intimately by using its manual controls will free you up to be more creative with your photography. It's an introduction to how a few Top Tips about the Exposure Triangle, ISO, Aperture Control and Shutter Speed Control can greatly improve your photography.
Section 2 Introduction: Having a Deeper Relationship With Your Camera
02:04

Explanation of the importance of understanding the camera settings - ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture - that control the amount of light affecting the camera's sensor to make a well exposed photograph.

Top Tip # 1 Be Intimate with the Exposure Triangle
02:26

All about how the ISO setting affects the photograph and why it's good to keep your ISO as low as possible.

Top Tip # 2 Keep Your ISO Low
03:23

A practical exercise to help you understand about ISO.

Top Tip #2 Exercise
1 page

Understanding how your shutter speed affects exposure.

Top Tip # 3 Set Your Shutter Speed
04:12

A practical exercise to help you understand more about Shutter Speed settings.

Top Tip #3 Exercise
1 page

Understanding how your aperture setting affects exposure.

Top Tip # 4 Open Your Aperture
04:40

Top Tip #4 Exercise
1 page

How to read the camera's exposure meter to enable you to set the camera correctly

Top Tip # 5 Read The Light
06:00

Review of the teaching in section 2

Section 2 Conclusion
01:56

Review what you learned in section one of the Ten Top Tips - Be More Creative With Your Camera.

Ten Top Tips - Section 2 Quiz
6 questions
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It's All About Light
8 Lectures 19:40

This section introduction will explain why it's so important to understand light. Photography means 'painting with light' - the more I understand about light the better photographer I can be.

Section 3 Introduction It's All About Light
01:13

Top Tip # 6 Open Your Eyes - See the Light
04:37

Following on from the previous lecture we look at light ratios and how they affect image making.
Top Tip #7 Be Aware of High Contrast
03:37

Lower contrast lighting situations are easier to get more satisfying result with your camera.

Top Tip # 8 Shoot in Soft Light
03:47

Be more aware of your background, especially if it is brighter than your subject.

Top Tip # 9 Isolate You Subject
04:11

A practical exercise to help you understand how to isolate your subject from the background.

Top Tip #9 Exercise
1 page

Our concluding lecture encourages students to always have their camera with them and to use it often.

Top Tip # 10 Practice
01:57

Review what you learned in Section 2 of Ten Top Tips - Be More Creative With Your Camera.

Ten Top Tips - Section 2 Quiz
5 questions

www.photo-workshops-online.com

Please check our website for discount offers on our courses, new blog posts, news about out mentoring program and other related information about learning photography.

Take a look at our YouTube channel also as I often upload different content there. Some of it is teaching photography and post processing and other is video work we produce for our non profit social responsibility commitments.

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And, if you are in South East Asia, drop by and take one of our courses in person in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

www.chiangmaiphotoworkshops.com

Bonus Tip
00:18
About the Instructor
Kevin Landwer-Johan
4.4 Average rating
441 Reviews
8,821 Students
4 Courses
Pro Photographer, 30+ years experience,Workshop Instructor,

I am a New Zealand professional photographer and film maker based in Chiang Mai, Thailand. I have over 30 years experience. My background is in newspaper and commercial photography. The past 10 years I have also been producing short documentary films for non profit organizations.

My wife and I also run a photography workshop business - Chiang Mai Photo Workshops - teaching what we love to do to all levels of photographers. I have genuine, real world experience teaching, not just in creating video courses.

I am flexible to shoot in different styles and genres and am most passionate about portraits and documentary style.

I sell stock photos and video through various online agencies. The video production company I manage, Acts Multimedia, provides services for non profits at affordable rates.

I am always interested in constructive feedback and would love to know student's ideas on other photography course you would like to see me produce.